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Archaeology Society meeting to be held Oct. 11


CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will host PhD Aaron Wright at their Oct. 11 meeting. Wright will present The Western Range of the Red-on-Buff Culture, Redux. 

Prehistoric Southwestern Arizona is the interface between Patayan and Hohokam material culture and settlement patterns. The western frontier of the Hohokam World remains little studied and therefore poorly defined. This presentation reviews the history of research on this topic revisiting the development and eventual demise of primary Hohokam villages along the lower Gila River. In contemporary perspective, this historical trajectory raises important questions about ethnic diversity, co-residence, and conflict.

Aaron Wright is a Preservation Archaeologist at Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization in Tucson. He is a co-editor of Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest (University of Arizona Press, 2010) and author of Religion on the Rocks: Hohokam Rock Art, Ritual Practice, and Social Transformation (University of Utah Press, 2014). His most recent book is the co-authored The Great Bend of the Gila: Contemporary Native American Connections to an Ancestral Landscape (Archaeology Southwest, 2016).

Wright's research is currently focused on the Hohokam and Patayan traditions in southwestern Arizona.  He is specifically interested in the cultural landscape of the lower Gila River, which is renowned for a unique mixture of Patayan and Hohokam settlements, dense galleries of world-class rock art, and numerous enigmatic geoglyphs. Wright is the lead researcher on Archaeology Southwest’s long-term goal of establishing a Great Bend of the Gila National Monument.

The meeting is open to the general public. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, in Cave Creek.